International Rescue Committee Baseline assessment on meaningful access to health services for Persons Living with Disabilities in Kakuma, Hagadera and Kambioss Refugee Camps

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Baseline assessment on meaningful access to health services for Persons Living with Disabilities in Kakuma, Hagadera and Kambioss Refugee Camps
Sector: Governance & Rights 
Location: Kenya 
Employee Type: Consultant 
Employee Category: Not Applicable
Program: Safe Programming

Location: Kakuma and Daadab

Dates: March- June  2016


Introduction: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict since 1933. 
The IRC has been present in Kenya since 1992, providing essentials like clean water, health care and shelter to tens of thousands of refugees escaping conflict and natural disaster in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and other neighboring countries. 
The IRC also supports Kenyan communities that host refugees, more so in urban areas and those in Kakuma and Daadab areas. 
In the camps and among host communities, the IRC runs heath, nutrition, governance and protection, women empowerment and HIV/AIDS programs.

The IRC employs a protection mainstreaming approach in programming to enhance quality, promote and protect rights for the people with whom the IRC works. 

Through protection mainstreaming, also referred to as Safe Programming, the IRC seeks to incorporate protection and human rights principles, such as non-discrimination, “do no harm”, participation, meaningful access and safety and dignity into its work in all sectors. 
This includes facilitating access to health services for persons with special needs e.g. persons living with disabilities and ethnic minorities; deliberate actions to safeguard the safety and dignity of beneficiaries in service delivery, for instance, by having private consultation and examination rooms at the health facilities; enabling meaningful participation and representation of all community interest groups in community decision-making; and ensuring sex segregated toilets/ latrines in safe locations. 
In Kenya, the IRC undertakes protection mainstreaming in Kakuma, Hagadera and Kambioos refugee camps.

The IRC in Kenya pays special attention towards safe programming for PLWDs in the camps. This is because while all populations in camp settings are vulnerable due to displacement from their homes, those with disabilities suffer double vulnerabilities and may often times miss out on services in the camps if not given proper and deliberate attention. 

The total population of PLWDs is estimated at over 7500 in Kakuma Camp alone. 
In a recent Safe Programming survey undertaken by IRC in the three camps between August and October 2015, a sizeable number of the PLWDs indicated that they did not have meaningful access to health services. 
Statistics showed that 16.2% of PLWDs in Kakuma, 36.4 in Hagadera and 37.7% of PLWDs in Kambioos felt that they faced considerable challenges as compared to their able colleagues in accessing health services offered by the IRC.

Purpose of the Consultancy: The current assignment aims at assessing the state of disability mainstreaming in IRC’s programmes in the camps, identifying gaps and areas of improvement to ensure that PLWDs have the same opportunities and ability to access the IRC services. 

This is in accordance with The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which reiterates that actors should ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability.

The objectives of this baseline are:

  • Determine the current state of disability mainstreaming in IRC health services in Kakuma, Hagadera and Kambios Refugee Camps;
  • Assess the capacity gaps within the IRC towards mainstreaming and how these gaps can be responded to;
  • Determine ways through which the self protection capacities of PLWDs can be enhanced;
  • To generate baseline data against which programmatic achievements can be benchmarked
  • Desk Review
  • Primary data collection from the camps. Data will be collected among beneficiaries and staff (from both IRC and other agencies) in Kakuma, Hagadera and Kambioos.
  • Inception report outlining the methodology, preliminary findings, study report outline and assessment tools for the study;
  • 1st draft of the final report
  • A professionally edited final report
Suggested timeframe

The study will be conducted in a period of 30 consultancy days broken down as follows:

  • Desk research, development of the inception report methodology and approval by IRC: 6 days
  • Travel to the field and data collection: Kakuma – 5 days, Dadaab (Hagadera and Kambioos) – 7 days.
  • Report writing – 7 days
  • Validation workshop and finalization of the reports: 5 days
Reporting: The consultant shall write and produce precise final reports written in simple and clear English language. 
The draft reports shall be shared with IRC for comments and inputs for inclusion in the final reports by the consultant.

The reports should have the following format:

  1. Cover page
  2. Table of contents
  3. List of figures
  4. Chapter One: Introduction (background, methodology, scope and limitations)
  5. Chapter Two: Findings
  6. Chapter Three: Synthesis of the findings
  7. Chapter Four: Conclusion and Recommendation
  8. Annexes
Qualifications Required
  • A degree in Political Science, Sociology / community development, International relations, development or any other area of study related to the terms of reference;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in refugee affairs ;
  • Experience in writing / editing / formulating evidence based research, preferably with INGOs, governments or academia;
  • Good understanding of legal and socio-economic dynamics of refugees in the camps;
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • A Kenyan national.
Expression of Interest

Any person interested in undertaking this research should send an Expression of Interest consisting of:

a) Technical proposal; (maximum 3 pages) including methodology and work plan for the exercise.

b) Financial proposal: Consultant fees per day. Specify the currency.

c) CV of the researcher

IRCs responsibility

  • Pay consultancy fees at a mutually agreed rate.
  • Mobilize the interviewees and support the data collection process
  • Organize for interpretation where need be.
  • To cater for accommodation and transport to the field.
At the field level, the consultant will work closely with the Safe Programming Officers, and shall abide by all IRC rules and regulations. 
The consultant will also work closely with the Governance and Rights Coordinator and who shall also supervise the consultant and oversee the completion of the work.

How to Apply

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IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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